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How High Will Usyk Ascend in His Heavyweight Adventure?

How High Will Usyk Ascend in His Heavyweight Adventure?

By Michael Rosenthal - Oleksandr Usyk will make his heavyweight debut on October 12 against someone named Tyrone Spong, a 34-year-old former kickboxer who will be an easy mark for the 2018 Fighter of ...

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Kovalev Now Older, But Canelo Fight is Definitely Compelling

Kovalev Now Older, But Canelo Fight is Definitely Compelling

By Michael Rosenthal - A lot of people seem to think that Sergey Kovalev would have a minimal chance of beating Canelo Alvarez if they were to meet in a few months, particularly after the WBO 175-poun...

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Will Andy Ruiz End Up Like Buster Douglas, McCall and Rahman?

Will Andy Ruiz End Up Like Buster Douglas, McCall and Rahman?

By Michael Rosenthal - Andy Ruiz made history when he knocked out then-unbeaten Anthony Joshua to win the majority of heavyweight titles in June but his place in history is far from settled. That will...

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2019 Hasn't Been The Best of Years - But It Could Be Worse

2019 Hasn't Been The Best of Years - But It Could Be Worse

By Michael Rosenthal - I have to acknowledge that I had a tough time coming up with candidates when I was asked to identify possible fights of the year, which is never a good sign. And we all endure p...

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Will Anthony Joshua's Mind Be Right For The Ruiz Rematch?

Will Anthony Joshua's Mind Be Right For The Ruiz Rematch?

By Michael Rosenthal - Anthony Joshua’s decision to face Andy Ruiz a second time with no interim bouts might be the biggest mistake of his career. Joshua, who is scheduled to face the heavyweight titl...

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Canelo vs. Andrade? If No GGG, This is The Fight To Make

Canelo vs. Andrade? If No GGG, This is The Fight To Make

By Michael Rosenthal - Sometimes things work out reasonably well in boxing in spite of the chaos. This might be one of those instances. Canelo Alvarez really should settle his rivalry with Gennadiy Go...

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Boxing's Horrible Week Makes It Clear That We Can Do Better

By Michael Rosenthal - Two deaths and another failed drug test by a well-known fighter. I can’t remember a worse week in boxing. On Saturday Maxim Dadashev and Hugo Santillan, fighting about 5,000 mil...

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Pernell Whitaker - Could He Have Been Perfect Like Mayweather?

Pernell Whitaker - Could He Have Been Perfect Like Mayweather?

By Michael Rosenthal - Several casual boxing fans reached out to me and asked the same question after news broke that Pernell Whitaker had been killed on Sunday night: “Was he THAT good?” Yes, he was ...

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Has Pacquiao Declined? If So, What Will That Mean vs. Thurman?

Has Pacquiao Declined? If So, What Will That Mean vs. Thurman?

By Michael Rosenthal - Question: Is Manny Pacquiao the fighter he once was? Answer: Of course he isn’t. How could he be at 40 years old? The more important question going into his challenge of WBA wel...

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High Hopes For Pacquiao Against Keith Thurman and Beyond

High Hopes For Pacquiao Against Keith Thurman and Beyond

By Michael Rosenthal - I have a lot of hopes for Manny Pacquiao. I hope that, at 40 years old, he truly belongs in the ring with a prime thoroughbred like Keith Thurman even though I have serious doub...

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Who Should Canelo Fight Next? Here are 5 Compelling Possibilities

Who Should Canelo Fight Next? Here are 5 Compelling Possibilities

By Michael Rosenthal - Ah, it’s nice to have options. Canelo Alvarez would tell you that. Alvarez in October signed a five-year, 11-fight deal worth at least $365 million with the streaming service DA...

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Who's Going To Win? The Most Dangerous Question in Boxing

Who's Going To Win? The Most Dangerous Question in Boxing

By Michael Rosenthal - I was interviewed on a sports-talk radio show in the U.K. the night before the Anthony Joshua-Andy Ruiz fight and said with confidence that I saw no realistic way Ruiz could win...

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Tyson Fury's Style Outside The Ring - Not In It - Is Why He's a Star

Tyson Fury's Style Outside The Ring - Not In It - Is Why He's a Star

By Michael Rosenthal - Tyson Fury is fascinating in so many ways. Some examples: His backstory (overcoming substance abuse and other personal problems), his marketing acumen (Bob Arum said he’s better...

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10 Questions (And Answers) in The Aftermatch of Ruiz-Joshua

The stunning result of the weekend has sunk in, as much as it ever will. Andy Ruiz Jr. knocked out Anthony Joshua in the seventh round to become unified heavyweight champion of the world. I have to ad...

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Joshua vs. Ruiz is All Too Predictable - But We'll Be Watching

Joshua vs. Ruiz is All Too Predictable - But We'll Be Watching

By Michael Rosenthal - Boxing might be the only sport in which you look forward to watching a mismatch. That seems to be the case this Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City, where Anthony...

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Golovkin Jabs Sanchez: Time With Banks is More True, Not Fake

SANTA MONICA, California – Gennady Golovkin has never been the disagreeable sort but he seemed to be particularly content before an open workout Tuesday afternoon at the Churchill Boxing Club, a few-h...

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Is Pacquiao Destined To Suffer The Fate of Ali, Leonard & Others?

Is Pacquiao Destined To Suffer The Fate of Ali, Leonard & Others?

By Michael Rosenthal - A lot of aging fighters – including many great ones – stay too long. And it’s easy to understand why. They believe they can still fight when sometimes they can’t, at least not t...

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Wilder Isn't a Particularly Good Boxer … But He's Good Enough

Wilder Isn't a Particularly Good Boxer … But He's Good Enough

By Michael Rosenthal - Some people I respect speak of Deontay Wilder as if he violates the sanctity of the sport’s traditional glamour division. “Worst boxer in history among heavyweight titleholders,...

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Canelo Alvarez is an Excellent Fighter... But Not The Best

Canelo Alvarez is an Excellent Fighter... But Not The Best

By Michael Rosenthal - Canelo Alvarez is one of the best fighters in the world. No one would dispute that. The Mexican redhead built himself into a star even though he had a limited amateur career and...

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The Ladder To Stardom: Canelo's Ups (Many) and Downs (Few)

The Ladder To Stardom: Canelo's Ups (Many) and Downs (Few)

By Michael Rosenthal - Canelo Alvarez has built himself into arguably the No. 1 attraction in boxing on a step-by-step basis over the last decade. The Mexican outpointed Matthew Hatton to win his firs...

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